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Pokemon Planters Made From Vintage Game Boy Consoles Takes Creativity to New Levels

Artist Winnie Sumida creates a range of Pokemon planters that nestle into the body of old Game Boy consoles

I have some extremely fond memories of the original Game Boy, so when I initially saw that someone had defaced it with Pokemons, plants, and grass hanging out of its buttons – I was more than a little upset. The Game Boy held some of the best gaming experiences for me and then some artist comes along to tear it apart for…pleasure? Oh, hell no. As I was about to pass this off in anger, I took a second to notice how much work artist Winnie Sumida had put into this project and started to see how beautiful it actually was.

Winnie Sumida from Kirkland, Washington started the Gameboy Planter business in 2016 due to her love of putting plants in weird things and a deep nostalgic love for gaming, especially Nintendo. By trade, Winnie is a hat and interior plastic plant creator but her project called Waku Waku Island is her most famous project to date.

This artful and creative venture sees Winnie using old Nintendo consoles that are usually made up of Game Boy’s and Nintendo DS’s, where the inner section of the console is scooped out and then filled with decorations such as pebbles, plants and of course the scattering of adorable Pokemons.

What makes this project appealing in my opinion, is that it not only reaches the fans of Pokemon but also art lovers and plant enthusiasts – Winnie has surely encapsulated a unique and intriguing idea with these planters that can engage audiences from many different backgrounds.

With so many amazing varieties to choose from that include the Vulpix Gameboy Classic Succulent Planter Pokemon Terrarium, Special Sweet Pastel Pikachu Gameboy Succulent Planter, or the Waddle Dee Gameboy Succulent Planter, it is apparent that Winnie Sumida’s Waku Waku Island creations could become our latest obsession.

If you would like to know where you can get your hands on these, then head over to Winnie’s Etsy page and also stay up to date with what she is creating next on her Instagram page. Staying on the Pokemon theme, check out the inside of a Pokeball in an amazing Pokemon-themed terrarium handcrafted by Craft Jungle.

You can also pre-order both Pokemon Sword and Shield on Amazon now, which is coming to Nintendo Switch sometime this year.

Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Head of Culture, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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